History of the Browser User-agent String

Thanks to Hiro for pointing this out to me: History of the browser user-agent string.

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing.

I’m currently getting ready to go do some volunteering in my son’s 5th grade class, teaching them some basic Web stuff, and thinking back to those early days has me feeling nostalgic. Anyway, I really liked this. It builds to a nice climax.

2 Responses to “History of the Browser User-agent String”

  1. shcb Says:

    That was funny, I don’t understand any of it but it kind of reminded me of the Dr. Seuss book “The Sneetches” and after a while no one could remember who had stars on thars and who didn’t.

  2. J.A.Y.S.O.N. Says:

    There was a browser named Netshark I used in the 90′s.

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